Indigenous Relations Specialist, Whistler Blackcomb

Date:  May 22, 2023

Whistler, BC, Canada

Company:  Whistler Blackcomb
Shift Type:  Year Round

Create Your Experience of a Lifetime!

Come work and play in the mountains!  Whether it’s your first time seeing the mountains, or you already call them home, joining our team means discovering (or re-discovering!) a passion for the outdoors while building lifelong connections with teammates and guests from around the world.

With 40+ resorts and our remote Corporate team, you can join for a season or stay to build a career. From day one, you'll receive some of the highest compensation rates in the industry, free Epic pass(es), 40% retail discounts, summer activities discounts, wellness benefits, and the chance to grow through Epic Service - our leading training and development experience.


Job Benefits

  • Ski/Mountain Perks! Free passes for employees, employee discounted lift tickets for friends and family AND free ski lessons  
  • MORE employee discounts on lodging, food, gear, mountain shuttles AND during the summer on bike haul, golf and other activities 
  • RSP Options (after 12 months or 2000 cumulative hours of service)
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Excellent training and professional development 
  • Referral Program 


Full Time roles are eligible for the above, plus: 

  • Health Insurance; Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, and Vision Insurance plans (for eligible seasonal employees after working 500 hours) 
  • Free ski passes for dependents 
  • Critical Illness and Accident plans 


Job Summary:

Your primary responsibility and focus is supporting the development and implementation of Whistler Blackcomb’s partnership and commitments with Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and Lil̓wat7úl (Lil’wat Nation).  You will act as a dedicated lead for relationships with Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation in many areas of our MDA Umbrella Agreement implementation, including employee recruiting, employment, training and housing; recreational opportunities and hosting; and contracting opportunities.  This will include leadership on Whistler Blackcomb’s Indigenous Human Resources Strategy with a goal of helping Whistler Blackcomb be an employer of choice for Indigenous Peoples.


This role is a Specialist Role reporting directly to Sr. Manager of Projects & Employee Services. You will also work closely with Whistler Blackcomb’s Chief Operating Officer and Sr. Specialist Community Relations.


Job Responsibilities:

Employment & Training

  • Supporting the development and implementation, in partnership with the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation, of a strategy to align and leverage existing and future training programs being offered by Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation with potential Whistler Blackcomb apprenticeships and/or employment opportunities;
    • Creating an awareness and understanding of Whistler Blackcomb jobs and opportunities through dialogue, job fairs, community events, school visits etc.;
    • Working closely with employment and training coordinators at Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation to develop strong applicant pools and widely communicate available job postings;
    • Pre-screening applications/resumes for required skills, certifications, related experience and overall team and job fit;
    • Facilitating ongoing communication between our First Nations hires and their managers, and providing support when needed and supporting development of a mentorship program for Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation employees;
  • Supporting efforts to educate the broader population of Whistler Blackcomb and Vail Resorts employees about the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation to develop greater cultural understanding amongst our team that supports training, retention and growth of Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation employees at Whistler Blackcomb;

Contracting Opportunities

  • Supporting the development and implementation of a strategy to maximize procurement and contracting opportunities, including: working with Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation to identify businesses that align with Whistler Blackcomb’s goods and service needs, and identifying potential training or mentoring programs that can be provided to members of Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Supporting the implementation of recreational opportunities for Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation youth between 5 and 18 years of age, including facilitating Whistler Kids school programs, liaising with local non-profit organizations focused on First Nations inclusion and administration of the Youth Partner Pass Program;
  • Supporting continued partnership with Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation on recreational opportunities through facilitation of the Recreational Steering Committee;
  • Supporting and developing recreational opportunities for the broader population of Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation members on their traditional territories;
  • Supporting the cultural sharing of Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation as part of the Whistler Blackcomb ethos, including: employee engagement, marketing and tourism communications, and enhanced participation of Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation members in events and celebrations; and Whistler Blackcomb team attendance at Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation cultural and community events.


Key Priorities & Competencies

  • Drive: Results oriented and able to deliver tangible progress towards our shared goals with the Squamish Nation and the Lil’wat Nation.
  • Project/program management, facilitation and oversight: Engage with appropriate stakeholders to build on shared objectives and success measures; identify issues and support resolution and roadblock removal; help to bring together the right leaders to ensure project objectives are met through collaboration.
  • Time optimization: Partner closely with the Chief Operating Officer to support key areas of work. Create and manage areas of focus related to the Implementation Committee outcomes. Work with the Senior Manager, Projects & Employee Services to ensure that all meeting goals and agendas are clear and identified in advance, and that decisions and critical follow-ups are circulated shortly afterward.
  • Attention to Detail: Organizational, time management, analytical, keen observation and active listening skills are essential and required for this role
  • Employee Relations: Support the Senior Manager, Projects & Employee Services with employee meetings and communications, where appropriate including determining cadence, groups, and communication strategies.
  • Connect: Inspire trust and build strong, positive, productive relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Re-Imagine: Bring new ideas, methods, and approaches to challenge the status quo and drive decisions and actions necessary for our leadership and employees to continue to listen, learn and embody our value Be Inclusive.


Job Requirements:

  • Strong ties to the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, problem solving, and decision making/judgment skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A valid BC driver’s license
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Human Resources-related education and/or training (including interviewing skills) is an asset


Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.


Requisition ID 494709